Obtaining Higher Education At San Bernardino Valley College

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Obtaining higher education is difficult. There is that saying that if it was easy, everybody would do it. Being admitted into a four year institution out of high school is something out of the past. More and more people are obtaining their education through community colleges. State Law requires the California Community Colleges (CCC) to operate as open access institutions. This means all persons 18 or older may attend a community college. (Prioritizing Course Enrollment at the Community Colleges) San Bernardino Valley College currently practices priority registration for their students. This can be beneficial for students and faculty for various reasons. However, are the categories for registration rational? Is Priority registration at San Bernardino Valley College necessary? To obtain a better understanding of priority registration, we must first discuss its categories. There are seven different categories that are currently applied when it registering for classes at SBVC. Priority A-F give the students a registration period in which they can register for classes before Open registration. Priority A allows Active Military/Veterans, Foster Youth, DSP&S/EOP&S/CARE/CalWorks to register before all other students. (SBVC website) This category gives an insight of what type of people attend SBVC. There is a substantial amount families in the area who come from a low income household. The State mandates Military, Veterans and disabled persons to have priority registration above

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